28. 08. 2019

WCH U19 M: Russia take revenge on Iran to advance to semis, Italy sweep Japan

Source: u19.boys.2019.volleyball.fivb.com; Photo: u19.boys.2019.volleyball.fivb.com

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Russia took revenge on Iran for losing the final in 2017 and eliminated them in the quarterfinals of the 2019 FIVB Boys’ Volleyball U19 World Championship in Tunis, Tunisia.

 

Russia still did not feel the bitterness of a loss in the U19 World Champs as they swept Pool C (4-0) and eliminated Germany in the eighth-finals in straight sets. The “Zbornaya” progressed to the semifinals after outplaying the reigning champions Iran by a 3-1 (21-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-23).

A 17-year-old opposite hitter Roman Murashko, a member of Lokomotiv Novosibirsk youth team, top-scored for Russia with 25 points (4 aces) while his club teammate Yuriy Brazhniuk made 7 kill blocks. Bardia Saadat, the opposite of Dorna Urmia (the last-placed team in Iranian League last season) notched 22 points for Iran. Amir Reza Sarlak, another player from the same club, made 4 kill blocks.

 

Just like in the eight-finals when they swept Chinese Taipei by a 3-0, Italy (No.1 in Pool B with a 4-0) did the same to the current bronze medalists Japan in the quarterfinals.

Azimut Leo Shoes Modena youth team outside hitter Tommaso Rinaldi was Italy’s best scorer in the match with 19 points, while Nicola Cianciotta from Materdominivolley.it Castellana Grotte youth team made 4 kill blocks. Daiki Yamada, competing in the high school league for Shimizu Sakuragaoka, top-scored for Japan with 14 points.

Argentina beat Bulgaria in the tie-break while Egypt easily downed Belarus to complete the semifinal line-up.

2019 FIVB Boys’ U19 World Championship, quarterfinals:

Italy – Japan 3-0 (25-17, 25-12, 25-14)

Belarus – Egypt 0-3 (21-25, 18-25, 18-25)

Russia – Iran 3-1 (21-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-23)

Argentina – Bulgaria 3-2 (25-19, 21-25, 26-24, 21-25, 15-13)

 

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